PhD scholarship in Affective Interaction between New Venture Team Members

DTU Management Engineering
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DTU, The Technical University of Denmark, Department of Management Engineering invites applicants for a 3-year PhD position on “Affective Interaction between New Venture Team members”, starting ideally on 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter in 2018. This PhD project will be based in the Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship (IDE) group in the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) division and supervised by Associate Professor Philip Cash and Carina Lomberg.

The IDE group focuses on providing cutting edge knowledge and competences based on a wide scope of excellent evidence-based research regarding innovation. We collaborate closely with a range of industry partners, as well as private and public organizations. The IDE group takes multidisciplinary approaches in its research endeavour, standing at the intersection of creativity, innovation, design and entrepreneurship.

The project focuses on understanding the interaction mechanisms underlying performance relevant long-term outcomes in new venture teams, i.e. how a team’s interactions can be used to predict its future success. For this purpose you will conduct a longitudinal panel study with start-up teams. You will analyse the teams using SPAFF coding scheme and follow them intensively for three years. This includes in-depth qualitative measures about the team (e.g. team climate, team potency) and about the business (e.g. business gestation activities, survival, sales and employment growth). This project integrates insights from psychology and entrepreneurship.

Responsibilities and tasks
The project is part of an alliance between DTU, Chalmers (Gothenburg, Sweden) and TUM (Munich, Germany) and will be carried out in collaboration with all three universities.

Your research tasks include theoretical work about affective interaction in new venture teams and between couples. Other tasks include empirical work in start-ups including surveys, interviews and experiments.

The project work requires good understanding of psychological constructs and methods. Experience in SPAFF coding or other coding schemes for affective interactions or marital interactions would be of advantage.

A background in psychology, or entrepreneurship, or an understanding of psychology-related theories with respect to entrepreneurship would be of advantage.

You will be required to: 

  • conduct a literature review in new venture team interaction
  • learn how to code using the SPAFF coding scheme
  • engage with start-ups to collect empirical data on their interaction
  • write high-level academic publications on an internationally leading level

Candidates should have a master's degree in Management, Entrepreneurship, Engineering Management, Innovation Management, Applied Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Behavioural Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Behavioural Science, Psychotherapy or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.   

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Philip Cash, Assistant Professor Carina Lomberg and Head of Division, Professor Per Dannemand Andersen.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The position will be based in the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) division at DTU Management Engineering in Lyngby, just outside Copenhagen, Denmark. You will also engage in regular research visits at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and at Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Munich, Germany.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assistant Professor Carina Lomberg, email:

You can read more about the about the TIM division on and the IDE group on

Please submit your online application no later than 31 July 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application, including your research activities and ideas for the research project (cover letter, max 2-pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma, certificates, and lists of subjects with your results as well as their official translation into English
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
  • Two reference contacts who may be contacted by the assessment committee
Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it. 

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.  

DTU Management Engineering is a department with the overall mission of contributing to research, development, and education within the following scientific areas: Systems Analysis, Management Science, Production and Service Management, Technology and Innovation Management, Transport Modelling, and Quantitative Sustainability Assessment. The candidate will be affiliated with the Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship (IDE) Group in the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division. DTU Management Engineering has 340 employees; including an academic staff of 190 and more than 70 PhD students. More than 20 % of our employees are from abroad and in all 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.